disclaimer; whining, TMI post... Read at your own risk!
Yesterday was a caseworker visit and a specialist appointment... I had planned on taking all my kiddoes along. Two kids ended up puking, one in the car, on the first trip we took to take Nesiah to school.
So I quickly called an emergency sitter, a teen who is great with the kids, but it is the first time I left her alone with them. Three kiddoes with me, two at home and last minute it all came together. But it left me feeling frazzled...
I sat down and pulled together all my details for today. 5 appointments, grocery shopping, a trip to the market for produce and a hair cut for me.
I had a new mother's helper coming to stay with the kiddoes. I also planned on her making lunch and dinner for today and tomorrow! 4 big meals, in addition to helping them with school. I was looking forward to some "alone" time and getting my hair cut!
This morning, Miss J texts, she is sick. Do I still want her to come?
Taking a minute to drink some coffee and mentally rearrange my day... I decided I would rather she not come. Taking care of 4 kids and making meals is not an easy task, especially when one is not feeling well.
I dropped Fayth off to help a neighbor with her toddler and to lighten my load. First stop, lab.. I HATE watching the kids have blood drawn. Thankfully it went really well.
However I was now late, and dragging 4 anxiety filled kids everywhere, on a tightly scheduled day!
I heard this song twice today....
Now off to Central Market for produce... the kids were sure the homeless guys were going to murder us. So add more anxiety, plus mom's freaking out because of prices! Its been a long time since I was in there!
We grabbed some lunch... dashed back to make a meeting time.
Off to appointment #3. Traffic, I am sure I hit every red light in the city!!
Now I was late for appointment #4, which was my hair cut! So I canceled that.
Made a quick stop at walmart, picked up formula and groceries for Mrs. R, my neighbor. But I forgot my phone and couldn't remember everything she needed. So back to the car, a quick call and a stop at Amelia's for the forgotten items.
Back to pick up...
Now on the way home. Tired, grumpy kids in the backseat. Mom, incredibly irritable right now. Oldest son, mirroring mom. There is nothing quite like seeing your impatient, frustrated and snappy self mirrored in your child!
Stop #5, CVS .... The original meds I needed are on back order, insurance won't pay for the alternative... frustrated! I wasted a good 30 mins driving over there!
I gave the kids 15 mins to unwind before chores and moving towards evening routines. I locked myself in my room, with orders to not interrupt me, unless there is blood! Sat down, took a deep breath... ahhhh THE BUS IS HERE! NESIAH IS HOME!
Let's try again... Nesiah is home and comfortable. 10 mins guys, 10 mins of peace I need it! NOW!
Sat down on my bed, took a deep breath, ahhhh... phone rings! Its the specialist. She and I discuss the meds. I spent the next 15 mins on the phone trying to find another pharmacy to fill the script.
Pharmacy calls... they can fill the script, but they are based in center city. My heart sinks, that will mean 3 trips to the city next week. But wait, she is asking for my address... THEY DELIVER! tears of joy!
But I will need to be home between 6-9 pm tonight and Nesiah still needs to be taken to respite, 30 mins one way...
Turn off the oven, pack up the littles, load up whining, grumping, but helpful kiddoes... we are now on 7 hrs of running after being home only 45 mins.
The sun breaks through the clouds, the air is warm... Its time to count my blessings.
Spring is coming...
The sun is shining..
I have willing babysitters...
I have a working vehicle and money for gas...
my kiddoes are good and willing helpers....
my big kid sitters tomorrow are coming to MY HOUSE and watching the kids ALL day and making two meals for them. That is almost as good as winning the lottery!
All kids are sound asleep in bed, house is clean and ready for sitters tomorrow...
We were able to enjoy the most beautiful setting sun, pink glow, fog, shimmery snow, fiery sunset and God's holy presence as we drove that hour at dusk.
Add in some loud music and relieved kids and it became a fun evening!